Monthly Archives: October 2013

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29th Oct 2013

The Yellow-browed Warbler performed well on and off at the Dams, where 130 Pink-feet flew south-west this morning. Five Snow Buntings remained on Carr Naze, where three Goosanders flew south.

28th Oct 2013

Quiet again today, with a Great Northern Diver north, the Snow Buntings (five) and Twite (two) still in the Carr Naze area, where a Lapland Bunting was also reported.

27th October 2013

East Lea is starting to resemble a flooded cattle meadow again; 6 Wigeon and 19 Teal dabbled there this morning and 8 Whooper Swans checked it out on there long glide in from Newbiggin before alighting at the Dams.

26th October 2013

A Water Pipit was reported from the Brigg briefly early on, as was a Black-throated Diver past, while several Twite and five Snow Buntings were on Carr Naze. Three Yellow-browed Warblers included new birds in the Top Scrub (trapped by …

24th Oct 2013

Clear skies and warm sunshine today, and some quality birds through the area – the pick of which was a Richard’s Pipit which alighted briefly at Hunmanby Gap before continuing north-west this morning (KC). The same visible migration hotspot logged …

22nd Oct 2013

A quiet day with blustery southerlies and showers; several Yellow-brows remaining in the area, including the vocal bird in the Top Scrub, were the pick (per JH et al). Yesterday was also quiet, with a few scattered Yellow-brows (JH, MJP …

ELECTRIC FENCE AT EAST LEA

For birders heading over to East Lea: please be aware that a temporary electric stock fence now crosses the path. Please follow the reed bed path as usual until you pass the pipe from East Lea and cross the fence …

20th Oct 2013

An excellent week for Siberian warblers was signed off stylishly by a Pallas’s Warbler on private land near Hunmanby Gap today (NC et al), at times alongside a Yellow-browed Warbler; several of the latter, meanwhile, were still present in the …

19th Oct 2013

RINGING WEEK kicked off this morning in the Top Scrub – follow the track immediately left after the Country Park Cafe and look for the team a few hundred metres up on the right – all welcome. At least six Yellow-browed …

18th Oct 2013

Three Yellow-browed Warblers were scattered across the area today, inc. one trapped and ringed (mo), a Slavonian Grebe was in the bay corner early on, two Twite were on the north cliff path, and a Snow Bunting was briefly on …

17th Oct 2013

A seemingly quiet afternoon with light variable winds and bright, often sunny skies exploded into life with a hatful of eastern scarcities discovered within an hour or so of each other. A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and two Yellow-browed Warblers were fresh-in …

15th Oct 2013

Finally a county rare to show for conditions that’ve been full of eastern promise lately, and a classic vagrant Sibe at that – Filey’s fifth DUSKY WARBLER was found in Collared Fly Hedge late morning (MJP et al). Almost simultaneously, a …

14th Oct 2013

Good numbers of incoming migrants again today, arriving throughout and with a regular changeover of birds across the area. Red-breasted Flycatchers were in Short Hedge (FM) and the Top Scrub pines (MJP et al), Ring Ouzels were in both Short …

13th October 2013

Promising conditions (north-easterlies, cloud and rain) brought limited returns today, although a Great Grey Shrike (JH) at Newbiggin was the main highlight. A Yellow-browed Warbler was by Deepdene (AB) and four Mealy Redpolls were in the Top Scrub (MJP). Plenty of commoner …

12th October 2013

Cloud, rain and strong north-easterlies brought a decent arrival of common migrants today, although aside from a Woodlark (MJP, PJD), scarcities were at a premium. Other notables included single Twite, Snow Bunting, Short-eared Owl and several Woodcocks.

11th Oct 2013

Another day of strong northerlies, and another day of top quality seawatching. Highlights today (0700-1540) included three Long-tailed Skuas, another Leach’s Storm-petrel, two Balearic Shearwaters, 251 Sooty Shearwaters, 10 Blue Fulmars, five Velvet Scoters and 145 Bonxies (MJP, JS).

10th Oct 2013

Strong to gale force northerlies and a dramatically heavy swell made for challenging but ultimately rewarding seawatching today, the highlights being two Leachs’ Storm-petrels, 203 Sooty Shearwaters, eight Pomarine Skuas, two Long-tailed Ducks, three Velvet Scoters, 62 Bonxies and seven …

9th Oct 2013

A Balearic Shearwater was offshore this evening (MJP) and a Jack Snipe was at the Dams (IR et al); otherwise quiet in brisk westerly winds. Six House Martins were above the town again today.

7th Oct 2013

Two Yellow-browed Warblers were in Parish Wood this morning and were still present this afternoon (MJP et al), and the Curlew Sandpiper remained at the Dams. Small numbers of common migrants continue to trickle through, and a single Sand Martin …

6th Oct 2013

1,850 Pink-footed Geese went south (mostly over the sea) between 1050 and 1300hrs, a female Scaup was off Hunmanby Gap (JH et al), and a Curlew Sandpiper was at the Dams (SH et al).

5th Oct 2013

A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Hunmanby Gap (KC) while 90 Pink-footed Geese flew south this morning; otherwise, a scattering of common migrants included three Redstarts and 15 Blackcaps, and 20 Reed Buntings were in the northern crops.

4th Oct 2013

Small numbers of migrants were recorded today including Bramblings, Robins, Song Thrushes, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, while a Jack Snipe flushed from the end of Carr Naze at dawn was the highlight (MJP). A Red-necked Grebe was the best of …

3rd Oct 2013

A new Yellow-browed Warbler was with a tit flock in Church Ravine today (MJP et al). Otherwise a small arrival of migrants was evident, with c25 Bramblings, 40 Chaffinches, 35 Song Thrushes, 30 Robins and five Redwings in the coastal …

FILEY DAMS WORK PARTY

Next Tuesday, 7th October, 9am in the car park. Light, easy, rewarding work, keeping the reserve tidy and bird-friendly. Newcomers and spectators welcome. Ring Jack on 07870 341455 for details.

1st October 2013

Another very windy day today, with a force 4-5 SE ensuring very few birds were on view. Bird of the day was a Jack Snipe on Carr Naze (MJP, SC) and a small influx of Song Thrushes and Bramblings was …